Several weeks ago, I lost my prescription reading glasses. I made the long overdue appointment to have my eyes reexamined so I could have my prescription updated and my glasses replaced.
Today when I arrived at the office, the receptionist looked at my records and asked a bit icily: "Is it true you haven't been here since 2008?" I smiled and commented brightly, "Oh, has it really been that long?" Oh, no, I thought … I'm in for it now.
Well, 55 minutes later, the technician took me in and did my readings. She asked how my distance vision was. I told her it had been fine since I got my BG under control. This led to a discussion about diabetes and the harm it can do to eyes. Then I shared what I was doing to take care of myself. She asked what my BG was this morning: "95", I replied and she said: oh, you are a good patient! (Not quite the perception of the receptionist, but I'll take this one.) Then as we talked some more, she just kept telling me how I was making such good choices, etc. It really felt good.
Then my doctor arrived and verified the prescription with the actual lenses. He determined that I have no sign of neuropathy, glaucoma, blood leakage, or anything else that happens to dim diabetic's vision or cause blindness.
When we got to the nitty-gritty of the Rx he said: you don't need Rx lenses; why don't you just go buy a pair of readers at Longs for $10? I was stunned and very happy. He did make me promise to come back in a year.
I'm sharing this with you because it illustrates that self care can pay off in big dividends. My eyes have required lenses for many years, I had a small cataract, I've been evaluated for more serious D caused eye diseases and warned that while the results were not conclusive, they also were not clear. BUT now they are clear!
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